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First Paiute Deadfall Trap Build

Discussion in 'Other Skills' started by melbolt65, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. melbolt65

    melbolt65 Guide Bushclass I

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    Decided that out of all the wilderness skills I've practiced so far, food procurement would probably prove to be my biggest challenge. I decided to start practicing various traps to remedy this, starting with a Paiute Deadfall.

    There are probably more efficient ways to build this but I wanted to trial and error my way through my first set because I think that's where you learn a lot about what to do and what not to do. So I struggled for a while and little by little diagnosing what might make it better. Finally I got it to work, and it was extremely sensitive.


    Practiced using a package that came in the mail today to simulate a rock, since I'm just doing this in my garage for now, had enough weight to it to be effective for this test run.
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    Now for a dramatic video of it in action.


    Pointers and comments welcome.

    Thanks for looking.
     
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  2. Wasp

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    Did you eat the rat or just waste it? :)

    Looks pretty good to me. I've snared and made other kinds of traps but never tried this one...yet.
     
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  3. Scratchthejeepguy

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    Nice job!
    I made my very first one this summer during Wolfcri's Trial By Fire GAW. I used a big, heavy, flat stone, and it worked great although I never actually baited it because I didn't want to catch anything. Since then, I've caught my cat under a laundry basket, and my Pomeranian under a toy box lid in my living room. My kids think it's awesome too! I highly suggest that everyone who likes to make stuff, build one of these. They are fun!

    By the way, my pets still love me.
     
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    So I am not the only one that is mean to their pets! This brought a BIG evil grin to my face thinking about the possibilities ... errr I mean PRACTICE I could be getting!!!
     
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    That video was great. This is a skill that I need to learn as well. Nice work @melbolt65 !
     
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  6. melbolt65

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    I don't like to take a life unless it was for a purpose, it was a bit rubbery for my taste though.

    Haha, that's hilarious, my cats would be very easy to catch, they will do anything for a treat, i will have to try that. I also though about setting a box up in the backyard and trying to live catch a squirrel or chipmunk for practice.

    Thanks! give it a go, it's pretty fun to do.
     
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    Well done! I really need to learn trap-making skills!

    Thanks for posting this!
     
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